Essential maintenance works required in parts of Cork City

30 March 2023

Information below is relevant until further updates are provided here or on our Supply and Service Updates section.

Uisce Éireann and Cork City Council wish to advise customers in the Ballinlough Road, Browningstown Park, Beechwood Park, Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas, that scheduled maintenance works will be taking place on the network to address ongoing intermittent discolouration issues.  

There are approximately 600km of watermains in Cork city, 60%-70% of which are made from cast iron and are up to 100 years old. This, combined with improvement works across the city, unplanned outages or bursts, and new infrastructure being brought online, is adding to discolouration issues normally associated with an aging network for a small number of customers. 

From Monday 3rd to Friday 14th April, Uisce Éireann and Cork City Council will commence flushing works which involves isolating small sections of the network and clearing the watermains of any sediment from these old cast iron pipes to reduce discolouration of the water supply. 

Work will initially commence from Ballinlough Road, Beechwood Park, and Belmont Park. Other areas outside these areas may experience some discolouration. Signage will be erected in advance of areas being flushed. 

Speaking about the maintenance works, Operations Lead with Uisce Éireann, Pat Britton said: 

This is the second round of flushing that we have undertaken in recent months, and it will allow us to further investigate and get a better understanding of the intermittent discolouration issues. At the moment discolouration complaint volumes are low. However, when dealing with an old and vast water network like we have in Cork City, there are always going to be a small number of incidences of discolouration.” 

The works being carried out may cause a temporary discolouration of the water supply in the area. In the event of discolouration, running the tap for several minutes will usually restore water to a clear colour. Uisce Éireann continues to advise customers not to drink discoloured water.

Ongoing testing and analysis of the water supply continues, in conjunction with extensive monitoring across the city’s distribution network. This ensures the water is compliant with drinking water regulations and is safe to drink. The results of these ongoing tests are shared with the EPA and the HSE. 

For further information, please visit our supply and service section on our website. The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1800 278 278 and contact us on Twitter @IWCare.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.